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David Goldfield is the Robert Lee Bailey Professor of History at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte. A native of Memphis, he grew up in Brooklyn, New York, and attended the University of Maryland. He is the author or editor of thirteen books dealing with the history of the American South, including two works, Cotton Fields and Skyscrapers: Southern City and Region (1982) and Black, White, and Southern: Race Relations and Southern Culture (1991), nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in history, and both received the Mayflower Award for Non-Fiction. Still Fighting the Civil War: The American South and Southern History appeared in 2002 and received the Jules and Frances Landry Prize and was named by Choice as an Outstanding Non-fiction Book. His most recent book is Southern Histories: Public, Personal, and Sacred, published by the University of Georgia Press in 2003. He is currently working on a re-interpretation of the Civil War, “Rebirth of a Nation: America during the Civil War Era,” for Holt Publishing Co. The Organization of American Historians named him Distinguished Lecturer in 2001. Goldfield is the editor of the Journal of Urban History and a co-author of The American Journey: A History of the United States (2005). He also serves as an expert witness in voting rights and death penalty cases, as a consultant on the urban South to museums and public television and radio, and serves with the U.S. State Department as an Academic Specialist, leading workshops on American history and culture in foreign countries. He also serves on the Advisory Board of the Lincoln Prize. Among his leisure-time activities are reading southern novels, listening to Gustav Mahler and Buddy Holly, and coaching girls’ fastpitch softball.
Carl Abbott is a professor of Urban Studies and planning at Portland State University. He taught previously in the history departments at the University of Denver and Old Dominion University, and held visiting appointments at Mesa College in Colorado and George Washington University. He holds degrees in history from Swarthmore College and the University of Chicago. He specializes in the history of cities and the American West and serves as co-editor of the Pacific Historical Review. His books include The New Urban America: Growth and Politics in Sunbelt Cities (1981, 1987), The Metropolitan Frontier: Cities in the Modern American West (1993), Planning a New West: The Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area (1997), and Political Terrain: Washington, D. C. from Tidewater Town to Global Metropolis (1999). He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the role of urbanization and urban culture in the history of western North America.
Virginia DeJohn Anderson is Associate Professor of History at the University of Colorado at Boulder. She received her B.A. from the University of Connecticut. As the recipient of a Marshall Scholarship, she earned an M.A. degree at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England. Returning to the United States, she received her A.M. and Ph.D. degrees from Harvard University. She is the author of New England's Generation: The Great Migration and the Formation of Society and Culture in the Seventeenth Century (1991) and several articles on colonial history, which have appeared in such journals as the William and Mary Quarterly and the New England Quarterly. She is currently finishing a book entitled Creatures of Empire: People and Animals in Early America.
Jo Ann E. Argersinger received her Ph.D. from George Washington University and is Professor of History at Southern Illinois University. A recipient of fellowships from the Rockefeller Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities, she is a historian of social, labor, and business policy. Her publications include Toward a New Deal in Baltimore: People and Government in the Great Depression (1988) and Making the Amalgamated: Gender, Ethnicity, and Class in the Baltimore Clothing Industry (1999).
Peter H. Argersinger received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin and is Professor of History at Southern Illinois University. He has won several fellowships as well as the Binkley-Stephenson Award from the Organization of American Historians. Among his books on American political and rural history are Populism and Politics (1974), Structure, Process, and Party (1992), and The Limits of Agrarian Radicalism (1995). His current research focuses on the political crisis of the 1890s.
William L. Barney is Professor of History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A native of Pennsylvania, he received his B.A. from Cornell University and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Columbia University. He has published extensively on nineteenth century U.S. history and has a particular interest in the Old South and the coming of the Civil War. Among his publications are The Road to Secession (1972), The Secessionist Impulse (1974), Flawed Victory (1975), The Passage of the Republic (1987), and Battleground for the Union (1989). He is currently finishing an edited collection of essays on nineteenth-century America and a book on the Civil War. Most recently, he has edited A Companion to 19th-Century America (2001) and finished The Civil War and Reconstruction: A Student Companion (2001).
Robert M. Weir is Distinguished Professor of History Emeritus at the University of South Carolina. He received his B.A. from Pennsylvania State University and his Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve University. He has taught at the University of Houston and, as a visiting professor, at the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom. His articles have won prizes from the Southeastern Society for the Study of the Eighteenth Century and the William and Mary Quarterly. Among his publications are Colonial South Carolina: A History, "The Last of American Freemen": Studies in the Political Culture of the Colonial and Revolutionary South, and, most recently, a chapter on the Carolinas in the new Oxford History of the British Empire (1998).
Table of Contents
About the Authors
Chapter 16 Reconstruction 1865-1877
White Southerners and the Ghosts of the Confederacy, 1865
More Than Freedom: African American Aspirations in 1865
Federal Reconstruction, 1865—1870
Chapter 17 A New South: Economic Progress and Social Tradition 1877-1900
The “Newness” of the New South
The Southern Agrarian Revolt
Women in the New South
Settling the Race Issue
Chapter 18 Industry, Immigrants, and Cities 1870-1900
Chapter 19 Transforming the West 1865-1890
Subjugating Native Americans
Exploiting the Mountains: The Mining Bonanza
Using the Grass: The Cattle Kingdom
Working the Earth: Homesteaders and Agricultural Expansion
Chapter 20 Politics and Government 1877-1900
The Structure and Style of Politics
The Limits of Government
Public Policies and National Elections
The Crisis of the 1890s
Chapter 21 T he Progressive Era 1900-1917
The Ferment of Reform
Reforming Country Life
Theodore Roosevelt and the Progressive Presidency
Woodrow Wilson and Progressive Reform
Chapter 22 Creating an Empire 1865-1917
The Roots of Imperialism
The Spanish-American War
Imperial Ambitions: The United States and East Asia, 1899—1917
Imperial Power: The United States and Latin America, 1899—1917
Engaging Europe: New Concerns, Old Constraints
Chapter 23 America and the Great Way 1914-1920
Waging War in America
Waging War and Peace Abroad
Waging Peace at Home
Chapter 24 Towards a Modern America The 1920s
The Economy That Roared
The Business of Government
Cities and Suburbs
Mass Culture in the Jazz Age
A New Era in the World?
Herbert Hoover and the Final Triumph of the New Era
Chapter 25 The Great Depression and the New Deal 1929-1939
Hard Times in Hooverville
Herbert Hoover and the Depression
Launching the New Deal
Consolidating the New Deal
The New Deal and American Life
Ebbing of the New Deal
Good Neighbors and Hostile Forces
Chapter 26 World War II 1939-1945
The Dilemmas of Neutrality
Holding the Line
Mobilizing for Victory
The Home Front
War and Peace
Chapter 27 The Cold War at Home and Abroad 1946-1952
Launching the Great Boom
Truman, Republicans, and the Fair Deal
Confronting the Soviet Union
Cold War and Hot War
The Second Red Scare
Chapter 28 The Confident Years 1953-1964
A Decade of Affluence
Facing Off with the Soviet Union
John F. Kennedy and the Cold War
Righteousness Like a Mighty Stream: The Struggle for Civil Rights
Chapter 29 Shaken to the Roots 1965-1980
The End of Consensus
Cities Under Stress
The Year of the Gun, 1968
Nixon, Watergate, and the Crisis of the Early 1970s
Jimmy Carter: Idealism and Frustration in the White House
Chapter 30 The Reagan Revolution and a Changing World 1981-1992
Reagan’s Domestic Revolution
The Climax of the Cold War
Growth in the Sunbelt
Values in Collision
Chapter 31 Complacency, Crisis, and Global Reengagement 1993-2008
Politics of the Center
A New Economy?
Edging into a New Century
Paradoxes of Power